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Olivio

Olivio is a (Brazilian) Portuguese and Italian male name, the masculine form of Olivia, which was used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher via Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or… Continue reading Olivio

Blue, Color, Elves, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Food, Jealousy, L names, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nickname names, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Liv

Liv is a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish female name which comes from Old Norse hlíf meaning "protection, cover, defense, shield", the spelling influenced by the Scandinavian word liv meaning "life". In Norse mythology, Líf is one of two humans who will survive the events of Ragnarok, along with Lífþrasir. Liv is also a nickname for Olivia or Olive; Olivia may have been based on Latin Oliva meaning… Continue reading Liv

Ancient Greek, Female, Hawaiian, Nature, O names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Oleia

Oleia seems to be a variant spelling of Olea, a Latin word meaning "olive; olive tree" via Latin oleum (oil; olive oil) which comes from Ancient Greek elaíā (olive tree; olive "fruit") which may be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. I've also seen it listed as deriving from a Greek origin meaning "smooth" or "one who is smooth" but I… Continue reading Oleia

Ancient Greek, Arabic, E names, Female, Hebrew, Malayalam, Nature, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Elaya

Elaya is a name with a murky etymology behind it. At first glance it seems to be made up, a modern American name containing two popular sounds and that could be the case. It could also be a variant spelling of Alaya, an Indian word meaning "storehouse, dwelling, abode"; there's a Buddhist term, ālāyavijñāna, which means "storehouse consciousness"… Continue reading Elaya

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Male, Nature, O names, Unisex, Word names

Oleander

Oleander is the name of a flowering shrub belonging to the genus Nerium, which is poisonous to humans if ingested. The name comes from Late Latin lorandrum from Ancient Greek rhododendron meaning "rose tree" from Ancient Greek elements rhodon (rose) and dendron (tree). The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin olea meaning "olive tree" because it apparently resembles an olive tree.… Continue reading Oleander

Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Food, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Japanese, Literature, Love/Beloved, M names, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Place names, Sindarin, Virtues/Attributes

Moria

Moria is a female given name with several etymologies and meanings: it's a the name of a Naiad nymph in Greek mythology whose brother Tylos was killed by a dragon, though she later brought him back to life with a magical herb. This myth is similar to the story of Pelops, who had been killed… Continue reading Moria

Battle/War, Elves, Female, Kin/Family, Latin, Literature, Mythological creatures, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Norse, O names, Old Norse

Olivia

Olivia is a female given name first used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning "olive" or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army"; or it could be from… Continue reading Olivia